Have you ever exaggerated or embellished a story? The truth is still there but the story just got a bit bigger. My dad would have called it a “Cock and bull story;” You might call it “a tall tale” or a “fish story.” At first glance, it seems like there is no harm in the overstatement, but is there?
I noticed something recently with a number of the young adults I coach – they don’t seem to get the whole truth from their parents, mine included, and it’s not intentional. My kids know 54-year-old me, but 24-year-old me was not the same person. Being a young adult in today’s day and age is rough, therefore it might help if we added some other stories to our repertoire.
Here are some things to share with any young adult: What was your favorite failure and why? What was your worst failure? What was your biggest struggle growing up (and in work)? What do you wish you had done differently? What is your greatest life lesson to date? Our young adults need to know we struggled too. These answers may, in fact, be more valuable than the tall tale. Give it a whirl!
P.S. If you are a young adult, ask your parents or an older colleague some or all of these questions. There is definitely some sage advice waiting in the answers.